This section covers special needs education and inclusion, early years provision, and information on choosing a school and accessing the curriculum.

Special needs and inclusion

Our special needs and inclusion content explains how children with vision impairment can be supported in their learning. We have details of how your child's needs can be assessed, and the different ways that these needs can be met, for example by teaching assistants or through technology and adapted learning materials such as large print or braille.

In this section you will find details of specialist teaching support, and the framework for assessing your child’s special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) (in Wales, this is known as Additional Learning Needs or ALN, in Scotland this is known as Additional Support Needs or ASN).

Choosing a school

Our content on choosing a school contains details of the different types of school that can accommodate pupils with vision impairment, including those with additional and complex needs, and explains what to look for when you are choosing a school for your child.

Early Years

Our early years section provides details of the resources you can use to support the growth and development of your baby or toddler from birth to five years. This section will also help you to consider options for pre-school education, such as nursery.

Accessing the curriculum

Accessing the curriculum will link you to our Education Professionals section, which contains guidance about teaching and learning for children with vision impairment. This includes information about resources, research and policy, subject-specific advice, information about qualifications and exams and our events and training for education professionals. 

Planning ahead

Our School, College and University content talks about life after school, and will help in your planning about further or higher education, employment or the services and support that your son or daughter might need. This planning is known as Transition. You can download Bridging the Gap, which is our guidance about options and choices after school for young people aged 14-25.

Further parenting support and information

Our Resources for Parents section has advice and information about all aspects of raising a child with vision impairment, including eye conditions, benefits, supporting development, play, mobility and connecting with other parents.